19568Re: Fighting Howard's attacks
- Jul 4, 2005--- In GreenLeft_discussion@yahoogroups.com, "bobgould987"
> By Bob GouldBob Gould repeats like a holy mantra that the Socialist Alliance and
> To use the lingo favoured by the DSP, isn't there a strong possiblity
> that the dynamic of Aboriginal struggles will carry the Aboriginal
> Labor parliamentary representatives into campaigning for the interests
> of Aboriginal communities? Why is it necessary to say they will
> inevitably be absorbed when that hasn't happened, and something quite
> different might happen because of pressure from the ranks of the
> Aboriginal communities?
> Socialists might even help such a process if they adopted some kind of
> united front approach.
the DSP must form a ``united front'' with ``Labor'' but *never* tells
us on what basis such a united front should formed. C'mon Bob, get
When it is pointed out that socialists form united fronts with
``Laborites'' every day of the week *to fight* around key pro-working
class demands, even with top Labor leaders and MPs on the rare
occasions they are willing to support action to win basic progressive
demands, he declares that that does not count.
His conception seems to preclude any criticism of the policies of
Labor-administered capitalist state governments, or those of
pro-capitalist federal parliamentary leaders. The winning of
``Laborites'' to the need for more radical solutions, beyond than a
slightly rewarmed reformism, is out of the question.
Get specific Bob! What exactly would your united front's demands be.
What sort of a criticisms would be acceptable in your united front.
And would socialists be permitted to actively seek to build an
leftwing political alternative to Labor, even as it pursues this
In the NT, very concretely, would the ``united front'' preclude
criticism or campaigning against NT Labor's thinly veiled racist
policies on ``drunks'', with those Indigenous people, inside or
outside Labor, prepared to oppose them? How would such opposition be
In NSW, does the ``united front'' with Carr Labor he envisages
preclude criticism or campaigns against the Redfern police's racist
attacks on the Aboriginal people, which Bob Carr's Labor government is
unapologetic about, which include the killing of TJ Hickey? Does rule
out any outrage at Carr's endorsement of the cop rampages in Macquarie
C'mon Bob, get specific!
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